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Feb 17, 2013 10:30am EST
cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. they'd devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research. they would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. democrats, republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in washington as the sequester, are a really bad idea. now, some in this congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training, medicare and social security benefits. that idea is even worse. [applause] yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging population. and those of us who care deeply about programs like medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms -- otherwise, our retirement programs will crowd out the investments we need for our children, and jeopardize the promise of a secure retirement for future generations. but we can't ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the
Feb 17, 2013 6:30pm EST
can equal a thousand years of energy. but what is going to happen to our innovation and what is happening to the jobs being created in wind and solar and waves and algae technology? what's going to happen to the electric car. no. we need to say yes to science and technology, yes to our health and our future. yes to local economies being able to sustain and say yes, we have clean water, we have vegetables, we have meat that is not -- animals that are not dying and fish not rising to the top of the lakes because of ground water coming up with methane and all the chemicals, most of which we don't even have disclosed to us to know. no gag orders on us to tell us. this is what we need. we need transparency. we need real information. we don't need the same advertising companies who told us it was ok to smoke and hospitals telling us that fracking is safe. no. we didn't believe you then. we don't believe you now. no fracking, no tar sands, yes on innovative technology for our future. we're not inheriting trillions of dollars of debt and water we can't drink. food we can't eat. no. s
Feb 18, 2013 2:00am EST
the optimism of leaders shaping their own community, the energy of people making their own decisions, the pride of a tribal nation unleashing its own potential. in many ways, my own experience and my tribe's experience reflect not just indian country's advances but our aspirations, that our communities might thrive in a modern, global economy that, our children might achieve their dreams, and today, more than ever, those aspirations are within our reach. thanks to a greater trust between tribal nations and the united states, we're in a moment of real possibility. in president obama and his administration, we have a partner committed to strengthening tribal sovereignty, who believes in our right to determine our own course, who understands what we've always known to be true, that indian nations are best governed by indian people. [applause] this partisanship and partnership extends throughout the federal government, on both sides of the aisle, because indian issues are not partisan issues. the results has had a meaningful, measurable impact on indian people's lives. today, more tribes are managi
Feb 17, 2013 2:00pm EST
not mean we cannot still make critical investments in education, energy, while also balancing budgets committee responsible spending cuts. >> thank you, madam chair. i want to disagree with those who say we have a spending problem. when they talk about it, like there is an assumption that somehow we are a nation broke and cannot afford these things any longer. we are too broke to invest in education and housing. we are the richest nation in the history of the world. we are now the richest nation in the world. we have the highest per-capita income of any major nation. if we are so rich, what are we so broke? is it a spending problem? no. it is because we have a misallocation of capital. and the wealth. all of this wealth that has been built up by hard working americans has been accumulating into fewer hands. then we have a tax code that is skewed toward the wealthy. a tax cut whittled with loopholes -- a tax code riddled with loopholes. that allows the wealthy had to fund manager to pay less rate of taxes that a nurse, for example. it is very interesting that all this talk we have abou
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